What sustainable competition looks like

Can we trust peer review? New study highlights some problems

Peer review is intended to act as a gatekeeper in science. If working researchers deem a paper fit to be published, it should mean that the research is sound, rigorous, and accurate. But an experimental analysis of peer review suggests that peer review might also end up rejecting high-quality material. The analysis points to high levels of competition as the source of the problem. Because peer review is a vastly complex system that can function quite differently in various disciplines, researchers Stefano Balietti, Robert L. Goldstone, and Dirk Helbing constructed an experimental game designed to mimic some of the primary features of peer review. ….[READ]


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